Author: Chun Wah Kong
Compared to some of the newer and bigger fleets available now, the NCL Jewel might be considered small, and it is if you have been spoilt by the super liners, but if you have never been on a cruise before, it is more than large enough. I've spoken with some friends and family at length about the NCL fleet. Some of my seniors are put off by the relaxed nature/ concept of NCL, and the vibrant colours. Being a 30-something, I don't have any issues with the decor or the "eat when you want to" arrangement. In fact, I loved the food options on the Jewel. My wife and I ate all pretty much all the restaurants on the ship (apart from the teppanyaki because it was always fully booked). The quality varies from restaurant to restaurant, but as a whole, I welcomed the diversity and flavour of it all. The entertainment on the Jewel was good. The auditorium was comfortable and we never needed to turn up at a silly time in order to get a good seat. The shows were exciting and the guest performers add a new dimension to the NCL entertainers. Also, NCL has the best song of all the cruise companies I have been on. (Home away from home). I would travel with NCL again, maybe on the Epic depending on the price and the ports of call. I would recommend the Jewel to those who are trying out cruising for the 1st time.